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Lower Zambezi National Park

The Lower Zambezi National Park is a conservation area of 4,092 sq kilometers across with 120 kilometers along the northern edge of the Zambezi River in Lusaka Province, Zambia, declared in 1983 which was previously a private game reserve of the Zambian president. The park sits on the Zambezi floodplain and one of the few remaining wilderness areas in Africa.

The park has a sloping gentle topography from the Zambezi Escarpment to the Zambezi River with two major forest prairier ecoregions that are distinguished by two dominant tree species. The Miombo Forest (Brachystegia) in the higher ground in the north and and the Mopane Forest (Colophospermum mopane) on the lower slopes of the south are interspersed with white acacia (Faidherbia albida).

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Flora

The Lower Zambezi Valley includes the Lower Zambezi National Park and Game Management Areas (GMA's) around it are rich in biodiversity. The banks of the river are flood plains mostly diasporus, ficus and other river species. Forests, wetlands and natural geographical features form a unique and complex ecosystem with wilderness.

The hills on the steep slopes along the north end act as a physical barrier to most species of animals in the park. Vegetation is able to tolerate sand soil than other forest species and serves to stabilize the infertile sandbanks and reduce erosion. Winterthorn fruit is also highly efficacious for elephants that digest to leave about 40% intact that contribute to proliferation.

Fauna

Most of the mammals in Lower Zambezi National Park are gathered in floodplains including cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer), African bush elephant (Loxodonta africana), lion (Panthera leo), African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus), beberapa spesies antelope, Nile crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus).

Common hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), cape wild dog (Lycaon pictus pictus), hyena, Zebra, Greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros), common eland (Taurotragus oryx), waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), impala (Aepyceros melampus), cape bushbuck (Tragelaphus sylvaticus).

Duiker, klipspringer (Oreotragus oreotragus), serval (Leptailurus serval), genet (Genetta), civet, porcupine, aardvark (Orycteropus afer), Honey badger (Mellivora capensis), chacma baboon (Papio ursinus), vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus), and Sykes' monkey (Cercopithecus albogularis).

A number of bird species including African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), trumpeter hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator), greater white-fronted goose (Anser albifrons), southern carmine bee-eater (Merops nubicoides), collared pratincole (Glareola pratincola), crested guineafowl (Guttera pucherani), black eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis), narina trogon (Apaloderma narina), Meyer's parrot (Poicephalus meyeri) and Lilian's lovebird (Agapornis lilianae).

Fishing is the most popular pastime in the Zambezi Valley cottages. Commonly caught fish are African tigerfish (Hydrocynus), common bream (Abramis brama) and African sharptooth catfish (Clarias gariepinus). Most of the tour operators in Lower Zambezi implemented a throwback policy for small fish.

Location: Lusaka Province, Zambia

Routes and public transport: Flights to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka Airport, then drive to Lower Zambezi National Park. Most lodges and safari operators have an airstrip for light aircraft. You can arrange at Lusaka airport.

Travelers may drive to their own parks but not recommended. There is also a 4x4 vehicle rental and driver for the appropriate wage. All lodges and canoe operators also offer pick-up in Lusaka by land.

Advice: Visas are required for citizens of most foreign countries and the Zambian visa is US$50 for single entry and US$80 for double entry (May 2018). Taxes must be paid in US dollars (in cash) in all major airports.

April to October (Dry Season)
Thick grass thins and wildlife more easily recognizable, animals will gather around the river, sunny days and lots of sun, the air can be dusty and arid, more tourists and higher fares.

November to April (Rainy Season)
The landscapes are green and lush, some newborn and cute animals, time for bird watching, hot and very humid, fewer tourists and lower fares.

The attraction of the Lower Zambezi park is a remote location, no paved roads and you are very unlikely to find other tourists while traveling because the park is not accessible by road, unless someone has advanced 4x4 driving skills and that is only at certain times in a year.

Tourists visit the park on a boat on the Zambezi River where most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. During a canoe or fishing trip in the river, you may face dozens of hippos peeking at the water. Buffalo swimming and waterbucks on some rocky islands on the Zambezi River.

Highly recommended for guided safari. All the guides and rangers working at the lodge are very skilled and professional. Most of them were born and raised in the area and have worked in the field of guide services for decades. A guide can tell more about the bush by showing animals, birds, smaller plants.

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A typical day at Lower Zambezi National Park safari
  • 5.30 am: Call with a soft tap and animal voice.
  • 6.30 am: Hot coffee or tea, morning snack, and start morning safari.
  • 09.30 am: Breakfast.
  • 10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Relax and have lunch. Some inns offer guided walks after lunch.
  • 15:00 pm: Afternoon tea with food.
  • 16:00 pm: The second game activity includes canoeing, boat trips or fishing trips.
  • 19.00 pm: Sundowners and dinner.
  • 21.00 pm Night: Coffee, drinks, free time.
  • 22:00 at night: Sleep.

Most chefs will serve Western dishes and Zambian traditional food made with local ingredients. If you have a chance, try Zambia's traditional food called nshima. Most cottages will serve on request. Porridge made of corn and often served with spicy or chicken food.

Best photo results using an SLR (digital) camera with one or more lenses. For wild animal photography, a lens with a minimum range of 200mm, preferably a 300mm lens. For landscape photography, a wide-angle lens (24mm or less) is recommended. Protect your equipment with a quality camera bag and lens cover from dust and water.



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